Saturday, June 22, 2013

PAF Going Away; World Vital Records Discount and Thomas MacAntee Webinar at Computer Genealogical Society of San Diego's June Meeting

PAF No Longer To Be Supported

Dick Eastman's newsletter of 21 June had an article revealing an announcement by Family Search that PAF will no longer be supported by Family Search after 15 July 2013. 


World Vital Records Discounted Subscription Rate
for Family Tree Magazine readers

World Vital Records announced a discounted subscription rate on 21 June 2013.  World Vital Records is now a Family Heritage Company and has also affiliated with Family Tree DNA.  You can read more at A Company

Dear Delbert,

We have arranged a great last minute special offer on a full year - PLUS TWO FREE ADDITIONAL MONTHS - for full access to

Hurry this offer is good for 4 days only! Offer expires Tuesday, June 25, 2013 

For a limited time, FamilyTreeMagazine readers can join for only $69.95 for a one-year subscription PLUS get two extra months for free, making it 14 months of access if you purchase before TUESDAY, June 25. That's a savings of more than $79! 

Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with World Vital Records or Family Heritage and receive no compensation from them.  The announcement is for informational purposes only.

Thomas MacEntee Webinar at  Computer Geniological Society of San Diego's (CGSSD)) June Meeting

At today's meeting we viewed, via computer link, a presentation on "Backing Up Your Genealogy Data" by Thomas MacEntee.  Not only was it an excellent presentation by Thomas; but all of the technical aspects of the presentation were flawless.  His voice quality was loud and clear and the visual presentation was the same as if he were in the room with us.  Additionally, we had a Q&A session at the end in which the attendees could ask questions and receive a response in real time.  A similar presentation via computer link was tried by CGSSD about three or four years ago and it was marred by lots of technical problems. This was a rousing success, not only from my viewpoint; but as reflected in the comments of the attendees.  Credit goes to CGSSD President and Program Director Paul Hawthorne for scheduling and coordinating the presentation.  

Thomas had an excellent handout that accompanied the presentation and many positive comments were made by attendees on how much they appreciated how closely Thomas's presentation followed the handout outline.  Central to the presentation was a discussion of the pros and cons of various Online Data Backup Programs (in the cloud) such as Backblaze, Mozy, Dropbox and Carbonite. 

An organization wouldn't want to become totally dependent on this type presentation for their monthly meetings; however, it is a very effective means of periodically exposing the members to nationally recognized genealogy speakers regardless of their geographic location.  Rather than paying transportation, lodging and an honorarium; the organization only has to pay the honorarium--a big savings!